Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.03
Liaison Jennifer Kleindienst
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2019

STARS v2.2

Wesleyan University
OP-16: Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.82 / 5.00 Jennifer Kleindienst
Sustainability Coordinator
Finance and Administration
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Total full-time equivalent student enrollment:
3,145

Full-time equivalent of employees:
850

Has the institution gathered data about student commuting behavior?:
Yes

Total percentage of students that use more sustainable commuting options as their primary mode of transportation:
96

A brief description of the method(s) used to gather data about student commuting:

In 2018, a Wesleyan student conducted a survey of students (n=212, approximately a 7 percent response rate), faculty (n=17), and staff (n=33). Of student responses, 12% (25 students) indicated they have a car on campus. Wesleyan has not explicitly conducted a survey of student commuting habits on-campus, but the study did collect data on-off-campus commuting habits (to get home for breaks, get off-campus). Data below is extrapolated from past Sightlines assumptions of rate of on-campus student SOV travel.


Has the institution gathered data about employee commuting behavior?:
Yes

Total percentage of employees that use more sustainable commuting options as their primary mode of transportation:
3.80

A brief description of the method(s) used to gather data about employee commuting:

Data is extrapolated from a 2017 commute survey sent to 100% of employees in partnership with CTrides. For the survey, we received 260 responses, approximately a 26% response rate. Within those responses:
Drive alone: 164 indicated they drive alone daily (63.1%), and 48 do so 2-4 times a week (18.4%) = 81.5% drive alone as their primary mode of transportation
Carpool: 3 carpool daily (1.2%), 6 carpool 2-4 times a week (2.3%) = 3.3% carpool as their primary mode of transportation
Public transit: 2 take transit 2-4 times a week = 0.7% take transit as their primary mode of transportation
Bike: 7 bike daily (2.7%), 1 bike 2-4 times a week (0.3%) = 3% bike as their primary mode of transportation
Walk: 28 walk daily (10.8%), 20 bike 2-4 times a week (7.7%) = 18.5% walk as their primary mode of transportation

The numbers below are rounded from the above numbers, as employees were allowed to select the frequency of the above modes so numbers do not add up to 100%. Non-SOV data is rounded down, assuming a skewed sample of individuals wishing to participate in the survey. We did not collect data on zero-emissions vehicles.


Percentage of students and employees that use the following as their primary mode of transportation:
Percentage of students (0-100) Percentage of employees (0-100)
Single-occupancy vehicle 4 80
Zero-emissions vehicle --- ---
Walk, cycle, or other non-motorized mode 94.50 17
Vanpool or carpool 0 2
Public transport or campus shuttle 1 0.50
Motorcycle, motorized scooter/bike, or moped 0.50 0.50
Distance education / telecommute --- ---

Website URL where information about student or employee commuting is available:
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